5 reasons we can’t wait for the NAS Professional Conference

As proud supporters of the National Autistic Society, Axcis are thrilled to sponsor both the event and an Autism Professionals Award, as well as speaking and exhibiting at the NAS Professional Conference, being held on the 7th and 8th March in Harrogate. Here are 5 reasons we can’t wait to go:

1. Great development opportunities

Expert speakers will present an overview of the changing environment and the latest developments in the field of autism. Hear the latest information from experts in the field and learn from case studies illustrating best practice. With four different seminar streams to choose from, delegates can select the seminars which are most relevant to their work.

2 Bear hunting!

Last years bear hunt was a great success

Last years bear hunt was a great success

Axcis are running a “bear hunt” at the awards – come and collect an entry form from our stand, locate the 7 Axcis Andy bears hidden around the conference centre, unscramble the letters they hold and tell us what the mystery word is to be in with a chance of winning £100 in shopping vouchers.

3. Selfie competition

Louise in London with Andy!

Come and snap a selfie at the Axcis stand and be in with a chance to win £200 in shopping vouchers.

Axcis are also running a selfie competition – when you stop by the stand to get your bear hunt form, why not snap a selfie with Andy and tweet us at the event to be in with a chance of winning £200 in shopping vouchers – that’s £300 in total up for grabs for those attending this event!

4. Autism Professionals Awards

On the evening of the 7th March, the National Autistic Society will hold their annual Autism Professionals Awards. Axcis are again proud to sponsor an award for Achievement by an Individual Education Professional. Shortlisted for this award are:

Jessica Kingsley, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Jessica-KingsleyJessica is the founder and publisher of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, which for over 20 years has focused on publishing positive, inspiring and informational books by, for and about people with autism, and the autism spectrum in general. She was the first publisher to see the need for positive information about Asperger’s Syndrome by families, teachers, clinicians and other professionals, as well as the wider public, and has travelled all over the world commissioning some of the leading writers in the field, many of them personal friends, including Luke Jackson, Tony Attwood, Kathy Hoopmann, and Wenn Lawson. With almost 800 books on autism now in print, JKP is highly respected as the `go-to’ autism publisher, and the reward for dedicated service to the autism community comes in the form of incredibly positive feedback from readers about the difference the books have made to their lives. Jessica believes passionately in the power of good information to change lives for the better.

Dr Judith Poole, Blackpool and The Fylde College

Judith-PooleJudith has had over 25 years of experience in Further and Higher Education.  She is also active on the national stage, presenting not only in the area of Autism awareness and how best to support people with autism to be the best they can be, but also Safeguarding, SEND, Equality and Diversity and Mental Health and Wellbeing. Judith is currently Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, at Blackpool and The Fylde College –  spearheading  a specialist Autism team both for the support of students and for the provision of staff development. Year on year the service achieves outstanding results for students with disabilities, learning difficulties and differences – working closely with national and local government and other external organisations, including The Autism Education Trust  for whom she leads the North  West Regional Training Hub for Post 16 provision.

Shannon Coles, STARS

Shannon-ColesShannon has been working with children with autism for over forty years, initially as a teacher in special schools but more recently as an outreach teacher and Autism Education Trust trainer with STARS, a Leeds Children’s Services outreach team. Shannon is now retired, but still involved with families who have ‘slipped through the net’ for one reason or another, and with a monthly social group for young people with Asperger’s.

We can’t wait to present the award to the winner on the night – good luck to all three nominees!

5. Fantastic Networking Opportunities

As always, the NAS Professional Conference will provide unparalleled networking opportunities. Whether it’s talking to peers about best practice, or hunting out speakers after their seminars for further advice or questions, you are sure to have many useful and productive conversations during your time at the conference!

How to book a place

If you’d like to book a place at this event, please visit the NAS webpage for further details.

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